The Bells of Christmas ring – What is the greatest command?

Habits live on from a time that I cannot recall.
Reactions explode from the memories that aren’t even there.
Twelve years are gone, but affliction has filled all the gaps.
How do I live with a hole that formed who I am.
Please, my Lord, let me remember the joy.

And the bells of Christmas ring.

She left on the bus and abandoned three children to me,
but left all her words of cruelty and curses and pain.
But she didn’t stop there. She took all my memories.
Where do I go when I don’t even know where I’ve been?
Please, my Lord, help me remember anything.

And the bells of Christmas ring.

The world is so dark, please show me some hope if you can.
Then a gift I did get, four tickets to a baseball game.
What a surprise, it was the owners box.
With hots dogs and popcorn, we managed to get a game ball.
Please, my lord, where do I find some more joy?

And the bells of Christmas ring.

I opened my eyes and looked at the Christmas choir.
I looked at the joy in my kids and the love that they share.
I should have listened to the ringing of the Christmas Bells.
The joy in my life doesn’t come from what’s in the past.
My joy comes from the hope and the trust that I have.

And the bells of Christmas ring.

How do I live with a hole that formed who I am.
Affliction does come, but I know the Lord takes care of me.
Reactions do bloom from memories intentionally planted.
Habits are new from times that are led by the Lord.
I live now to give the gifts of the love and the joy.

May the Bells of Christmas ring all year long.

Matthew 22:36-40
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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